Using the cloud to Drive Digital Transformation

IT leaders and decision-makers in the public sector have a pretty tricky job. You have to strike the balance of keeping costs down and also delivering real value for your organisations. You have to make critical decisions on where to spend your budget. You must strike a balance between cost-effectiveness and providing solutions that add value to your organisation. Throw security and keeping your data safe, secure and protected there is no question that you have a lot to navigate and get right.

You might be thinking that the cloud is your silver bullet helping you solve these problems. It might be if you do it correctly. You might be some way along the path to the cloud. Maybe you haven't yet embarked on your cloud journey. One thing for certain, getting your data platform and cloud strategy correct could be critical in allowing you to make a real difference to your organisation. Not only  reducing costs on your technology infrastructure spend and making cost savings, which will no doubt be very important. It will also enable you to deliver real value to the business. Driving real business change, you and your IT department could be the driving force of your organisation’s future path. Basing your decisions on data and evidence, you are ultimately reducing risk,  cost and improving the service that you deliver to your customers. It might be that your cloud strategy unlocks the potential of your department to become a key business enabler.

Security and cost are often quoted as two factors that have prevented public sector organisations from moving to a cloud provider. The security concern individuals have had about cloud platforms has been addressed quite aggressively by the leading cloud providers (Azure, AWS, GCP) over the last few years. All of these cloud providers have provided extensive investment in securing their platform, making them a viable option for government and public sector organisations to run their infrastructure.

The other is cost. No doubt, people and businesses may have been burned by the potential change from a capital expenditure model to an operational expenditure model. Although these days, you can also pay for your cloud resources using a capital expenditure model, if it suits you. Moving from paying for most things upfront to a pay as you go model where you pay for what you use, does require a change in mindset when it comes to running your infrastructure. If you get your cloud migration correct, right-size your resources, get your architecture correct, you choose the right way to pay for your resources. Cloud providers work on a consumption-based model. You pay for what you use. If you only use the resources you need, then there are many benefits you can get from the cloud such as the following, to name just a few:

  • Flexibility
  • High availability
  • Disaster recovery
  • Reduced costs
  • Security
  • Rich data analytics capabilities that can improve decision making.

The scale the cloud providers operate means that you can benefit from the redundancy technology they invest in, to keep their services up and running,  allowing you to deliver to stringent SLAs and keep you providing services to your customers. You have flexibility too; you can scale up your resources when needed and scale back when demand is not as high. This flexibility gives you the ability to control your spend and meet the needs of your customers. The analytics, machine learning and AI capabilities will easily allow you to integrate these into your applications and deliver real value from your data.

Sound easy? If it's done right, it can be from our experience finding the right path to the cloud that can be the most challenging decision. As a public sector organisation, it is probably not possible for you to go 'big bang' and move your entire infrastructure to the cloud provider in one go. You might want to start small and move in a series of transition architectures. Utilising the hybrid capabilities of your chosen cloud provider. When it comes to moving your data platform and SQL Server, which I expect wasn't part of the low hanging fruit and would need a bit more thought and planning, we can help you:

  • Choose the right platform, IaaS or PaaS.
  • Right-size your environment, so you have all the resources you need to run your workload.
  • Configure your environment, so it tunes itself as much as possible.
  • Give the auto-tuning a helping hand when it doesn't fix your problems instantly.
  • Make sure your data platform in the cloud is as safe and secure as possible.

If you are looking to migrate your on-premises SQL Servers to a cloud provider, whether its Azure or AWS we can help you. Get in touch today and talk to one of our experienced consultants about migrating your data platform to the cloud.


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